Nicky Minaj pregnant with sex offender Kenneth Petty's child, rapper husband was also jailed for shooting a man
The 42-year-old husband has a long criminal history and is at 'moderate risk of a repeating offense'
Nicki Minaj just announced on Instagram that she is pregnant with his husband, Kenneth Petty's child. The rapper's announcement came just nine months after Minaj informed her fans that she was married to Petty in October 2019.
Minaj shared the good news on social media with a series of photos on Monday, July 20, where she was seen artistically posing with her growing baby bump, complete with colored hair, bejeweled bikini, and white stockings. She captioned one photo, "#Preggers" while another she captioned, 'I’m in love. Classic Nicki meets the now. #BABYMINAJ." In the third one, she wrote, "Love. Marriage. Baby carriage. Overflowing with excitement & gratitude. Thank you all for the well wishes."
The Grammy nominee previously spoke about her desire to become a mother, telling Complex in 2014: “(My biggest fear) is that I’ll become so consumed with work that I’ll forget to live my personal life to the fullest. If I’m done with my fifth album and I don’t have a child by then, no matter how much money I have, I would be disappointed, as a woman, because I feel like I was put here to be a mother. … I definitely will be married before I have my baby. I want to make sure I do it in that order. I’ve always felt like that since I was young; my mother always put that in my head.”
As for the father of Minaj's child, not much is known except that the 42-year-old has a long criminal history, including the fact that he is a level-two sex offender, according to the New York State. The category puts him at a moderate risk of a repeating offense. His sex offense stemmed from the 1995 rape conviction of a 16-year-old. In that case, he reportedly used a knife of sorts to coerce the teenager into sex. He was sentenced to 18 to 54 months in prison. It’s unclear how much time he actually served.
Petty was required under law to register in California after moving there from New York in July 2019 but failed to do so. On November 15, 2019, he was pulled over by Beverly Hills Police for failing to sign his name in the registry. On March 4 this year, Petty was arrested on March 4 by U.S. Marshals on an indictment for the same and was later released on a $20,000 bond, according to the Sun.
He also pleaded guilty to the first-degree manslaughter following the fatal shooting of a man named Lamont Robinson on April 27, 2002, according to the criminal complaint from the Queens County District Attorney. According to the complaint, Petty shot Robinson “with a loaded handgin (sic) multiple times thereby causing his death”. He was originally charged with murder in the second degree. However, after he struck a manslaughter deal with prosecutors, in 2006 he was sentenced to 10 years in prison, of which he served seven.
Petty was released from prison in May 2013 and had been on supervised release for five years up until May 2018.
After she began dating him, Minaj slammed fans who criticized Petty's past. "He was 15, she was 16… in a relationship. But go awf Internet. y’all can’t run my life. Y’all can’t even run y’all own life," she said in December 2018, the same month in which TMZ broke the news that Petty and Minaj were childhood sweethearts. Long before her rapping career took off, Minaj and Petty, whom she prefers to call by his nickname 'Zoo' were a thing when they both were still living in Queens. Minaj was 16 years old at the time.
Minaj went public with the news of her marriage on October 22, showing off gifts of matching "Mr. and Mrs." mugs along with "Bride" and "Groom" caps in a video. "We'll definitely do the paperwork portion of the marriage, but the actual wedding, I don't know," she told The Shade Room. "You know when you’re a little girl and you want this big beautiful wedding, and I used to think I was one of those girls, I always wanted the fairytale. But then the things that used to matter to you don’t matter as much."